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  • El Salvador establishes diplomatic ties with Palestinian Authority

    (JTA) — El Salvador established diplomatic ties with the Palestinian Authority during a visit there by a Palestinian minister who praised Latin America for its “very strong and clear” support. Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riad Malki was scheduled Friday to sign the agreement with his Salvadoran counterpart, Hugo Martinez, establishing diplomatic relations between the two… More ▸

  • Australia, Israel commemorate 1917 battle with joint stamp

    SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) – Israel and Australia jointly released stamps marking the charge of the Australian Light Horse Brigade at Beersheva in 1917. In 1917, heavily outnumbered Australian troops overran Turkish troops to take Beersheva and open the road for the capture of Jerusalem. One stamp features the statue in Beersheva of an Australian Light… More ▸

  • Scottish church to alter report denying Jews’ claims to Israel

    (JTA) — The Church of Scotland will reword a controversial report which said “scripture” provides no basis for Jewish claims to Israel, the church said in statement. The 10-page report, titled “The Inheritance of Abraham” and published online earlier this month, has been taken down from the Church of Scotland’s website until it is rewritten…. More ▸

  • Calls to destroy Israel at Muslim Brotherhood’s Cairo rally

    (JTA) — Calls for Israel’s destruction were heard in Cairo at the first anti-Israel rally organized by the Muslim Brotherhood since the movement’s candidate was elected president. Several hundred participated in the demonstration Friday, chanting “the people want destruction of Israel,” the Associated Press reported. The rally was to protest Israeli airstrikes in Syria and… More ▸

  • Facebook in talks to buy Waze Israeli navigation app

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Facebook is in advanced talks to buy the Israeli navigation technology firm Waze. The Israeli business daily Calcalist reported Thursday that a term sheet, under which Facebook would acquire Waze for $800 million to $1 billion, was signed in recent days following six months of negotiations. Waze, a free downloadable navigation app with more… More ▸

  • Israel apologizes to Egypt over diplomats’ eviction from church

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel apologized to Egypt for evicting three Egyptian diplomats from the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem. The diplomats were part of a group of Egyptians who were removed from the church during Saturday night Mass in advance of Easter Sunday according to the Coptic calendar. The group was led by Egypt’s… More ▸

  • Poll: Israelis much more confident in Obama than Palestinians

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israelis by a 4-to-1 margin are more confident than Palestinians in how President Obama handles his foreign policy, a poll found. The Pew Research Center poll released Thursday found that 61 percent of Israelis “express confidence in the American president to do the right thing regarding world affairs,” as opposed to 15… More ▸

  • Kerry, meeting Livni, sounds optimistic note on peace

    WASHINGTON (JTA) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met with top Israeli peace negotiators and suggested they were closer to reviving talks with the Palestinians. “This is a continuation of a number of conversations that we’ve been having,” Kerry said Wednesday at the residence of the U.S. ambassador to Rome, where he was meeting… More ▸

  • Israel’s envoy to Jordan summoned over alleged Jerusalem violations

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Jordan summoned Israel’s ambassador to its Foreign Ministry over concerns about alleged restrictions on Muslim worship on the Temple Mount. Daniel Nevo was summoned Wednesday over the alleged restrictions, as well as alleged Israeli desecration of holy sites in Jerusalem. The interview came after the Jordanian parliament voted unanimously on Wednesday to call on… More ▸

  • Assad: Syrian army can handle terrorist Israel

    (JTA) — Syria’s army is ready to deal with Israel, Syrian President Bashar Assad told an Iranian official on Syrian state television. “The Syrian people and its army, who have made important achievements by fighting terrorist and Takfiri groups, are capable of confronting Israel’s ventures that represent one of the many faces of terrorism targeting Syria… More ▸